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Govt collects Rs 73.73 cr as penalty from new telcos

PTI New Delhi | Updated on November 10, 2017 Published on January 01, 2011

(From Right) David Meneghello, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Mr. Rajiv Bawa, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Mr. Akash Das, Executive Vice President, Kolkata Hub of Uninor area at the launch of its GSM mobile service in Kolkata. - Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury.   -  Businessline

The government has collected Rs 73.73 cr as penalty from new telecom operators for missing the network roll-out deadline.

The government has collected Rs 73.73 cr as penalty from new telecom operators for missing the network roll-out deadline, but is still keeping open the option of cancelling the licences.

“Total penalty is about Rs 219 cr for missing roll-out obligations. We had generated demand for over Rs 78 cr of which the operators have submitted Rs 73.73 cr,” said Mr Kapil Sibal, Union Telecom Minister.

Etisalat DB, Loop Telecom, Uninor, Sistema-Shyam and Aircel are among the operators who have submitted the liquidated damages (penalty), the minister said, adding that more notices are going to operators.

Etisalat DB Telecom, a Joint Venture between realty major Swan and UAE-based Etisalat, has paid Rs 9.9 cr for missing roll-out deadline in four circles. The company, however, stated that it was paying the penalty “under protest.”

Uninor, a joint venture between another realty player Unitech and Telenor of Norway, has also made payment but did not disclose the amount of penalty.

Uninor had said that various factors, including delay in clearances required for each site, new last minute pre-launch testing requirements and new equipment security clearance processes, came in the way of roll-out and were beyond the company’s control.

Sistema-Shyam, a CDMA mobile operator, has also paid about Rs 11 cr to the Department of Telecom (DoT) towards missing the roll-out obligations.

All operators are given 15-days time to respond to DoT’s notice for paying penalty. As per the conditions of licence, the licencees are required to roll out the services in 90 per cent of the service area in metros and 10 per cent in district headquarters within 12 months from the date of award of licences.

Total penalty cannot exceed Rs 7 cr per licensing area and the telecom companies get 52 weeks before their licences are cancelled.

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Published on January 01, 2011
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